The BBC is in hot water tonight after a new National Lottery mistake appears to have cost at least one member of the public a massive £4million jackpot payout.
Terence Alshite, from Dorset, who plays Lotto every week with the same numbers - 5, 8, 11, 15, 21 and 45 - checked the result on BBC Ceefax, and saw to his horror that, with the draw having selected 5, 8, 11, 15, 38 and 45, with the bonus number 15, he had matched 5 numbers, meaning he stood to win around £1200.
Disgusted that he had not managed to get all six numbers, and not having noticed that the BBC had wrongly printed the bonus number - which was actually 21 - he binned his ticket after tearing it into tiny pieces, and retired to bed.
It was only this morning, when his wife heard the winning numbers on the radio, that Terence started to worry that he had acted too hastily. Sure enough, the mistake had by now been rectified by the clumsy BBC, and Mr Alshite would, in fact, have matched 5 numbers, PLUS the bonus ball, and would have won around £4million.
A BBC spokesman told us this morning:
"Well, without the services of a trained proofreader, we're bound to make a few mistakes here and there.
"However, in our defence, we did get 6 out of the 7 numbers correct."
(Only partly spoofed.)